Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA

Palo Alto Networks has threatened a startup with legal action after the smaller biz published a comparison review of one of its products.


Israel-based Orca Security received a cease-and-desist letter from a lawyer representing Palo Alto after Orca uploaded a series of online videos reviewing of one of Palo Alto's products and compared it to its own. Orca sees itself as a competitor of Palo Alto Networks (PAN).


“What we expected is that others will also create such materials ... but instead we received a letter from Palo Alto’s lawyers claiming we ware not allowed to do that,” Orca chief exec Avi Shua told The Register this week. “We believe these are empty legal threats.”


In a note on its website, Orca lamented at length the “outrageous” behavior of PAN, as well as posting a copy of the lawyer’s letter for world-plus-dog to read. That letter claimed Orca infringed PAN's trademarks by using its name and logo in the review as well as breaching non-review clauses in the End-User License Agreement (EULA) of PAN's product.


As such, the lawyer demanded the removal of the comparison material, and that the startup stop using PAN's logo and name. We note the videos are still online, hosted by YouTube.


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